Jun 24, 2008

Don't build another piece of furniture

The Original
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I have had this thought for some time now and Ive done a bit of research on old furniture. It turns out that a good chunk of our landfills are filled with furniture and appliances.

It's clearly a problem. It's really interesting that people discard well built furniture for new pieces made of particle board, that are of a lesser quality. There are many reasons for this, like the older stuff looks like hell, or the upholstery is worn, or you get bored with it, etc. So I thought about how one could reuse older furniture. More particularly, how to keep it out of the landfill.

For one, I think we could stop accepting furniture at the dump. Garbage collectors should refuse to take it. Right now, I think its part of their collection duty if you leave it near the trash bin. Or we could start a supplementary collection, kind of like the recycling, or the once a month yard waste collection. There are probably more ideas floating around the internet machine. The opportunities for reuse are endless.

I've explored one solution. The main idea is that it's possible to tie together different structural differences with an common element. In this case, the upholstery. Whole living rm/ dining rm/ bedroom sets could be developed using this method.

This is one of those ideas that seems ridiculous or obvious, and maybe it is.


  1. This topic have a tendency to become boring but with your creativeness its great.

  2. Ive read this topic for some blogs. But I think this is more informative.

  3. you should send the renderings to readymade. i think they work well for fixing up old furniture with a modern interpretation.